Italian Grand Prix, Monza, September 7th 2014

Positions at race end

  • 1st: Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1

  • 2nd: Nico Rosberg
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1

  • 3rd: Felipe Massa
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 1

  • 4th: Valtteri Bottas
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 1

  • 5th: Daniel Ricciardo
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 1

  • 6th: Sebastian Vettel
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 1

  • 7th: Sergio Pérez
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1

  • 8th: Jenson Button
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 1

  • 9th: Kimi Räikkönen
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 1

  • 10th: Kevin Magnussen
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 1

  • 11th: Daniil Kvyat
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 1

  • 12th: Nico Hülkenberg
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1

  • 13th: Jean-Éric Vergne
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 1

  • 14th: Pastor Maldonado
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 15th: Adrian Sutil
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 16th: Romain Grosjean
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 17th: Kamui Kobayashi
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 18th: Jules Bianchi
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    1 LAP(s)

  • 19th: Marcus Ericsson
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 20th: Esteban Gutièrrez
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 21st: Fernando Alonso
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 1
    +25 LAP(s)s

  • 22nd: Max Chilton
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 0
    +48 LAP(s)s


Race report

Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap to Nico Rosberg in the World Championship by leading home a Mercedes one-two in the Italian GP.


Defying an awful start, which saw him plunge from pole position to fourth at the first corner, Hamilton responded by producing a storming drive to charge back to the front before pressurising Rosberg into the pivotal race-costing mistake that saw the German, previously lauded for his mental strength, miss the chicane and hand the lead over to his title rival.

If Hamilton's victory over Rosberg - loudly booed, for a successive race weekend, on the Monza podium - was ultimately a matter of superior pace and its destabilising effect, it also owed a substantial debt to the racing instinct that courses through the Englishman's veins. Advised by his race engineer to slow to two seconds behind Rosberg after the first round of pit-stops, Hamilton's immediate response was to set the fastest lap of the race and close within half a second of his team-mate. For Lewis, speed is always the best strategy of all.It was all too much for Rosberg, who appeared uncomfortable on and off the track all weekend, who promptly locked up and slithered up the escape road. Hamilton never looked back, building up a comfortable three-second margin of victory to close within 22 points of the title summit. Once again, it's game on in the World Championship.

"I wanted to apply pressure," explained a relieved Hamilton to Sky Sports F1. "I knew that if I got to the end l wouldn't be able to so I just wanted to apply the pressure when the tyres were good. I wasn't ignoring my team, I have a great engineer and I wanted him to give me advice, but I knew I had the pace and wanted to utilise it."

Had either Mercedes driver cast a backward glance they would have seen Felipe Massa drive a lonely, incident-free race to finish in third place - the Brazilian's first podium finish of the year - on the day it was confirmed he would be staying on with the resurgent Williams outfit for 2015 alongside Valtteri Bottas. The Finn was fourth, but Bottas' race was an altogether more dramatic affair after falling as low as 11th on the opening lap.

Bogged down by a faulty Race Start system on his W05, Hamilton's getaway was equally tardy, with the pole-sitting Mercedes a waddling duck off the line and instantly overtaken by Rosberg, Massa and the McLaren of Kevin Magnussen. Suddenly, Hamilton's equilibrium - serene all weekend - was broken as he launched an expletive-led outburst over his team radio, but what followed was a masterclass as Magnussen and then, in a beautifully-judged move through the inside of the Rettifilo chicane, Massa were swiftly dispatched.

By the first round of pit-stops, Rosberg's lead had been trimmed from as much as five seconds to less than two, and if the shame of his mistake was that it deprived the Monza crowd of a wheel-to-wheel battle for victory between the two Silver Arrows then Mercedes' relief at the avoidance of further controversy was palpable. But might there have been more to Rosberg's mistake than met the eye? Social media was immediately awash with suggestions that the 'error' had been officially prescribed as part of the championship leader's post-Spa punishment. "The guys were racing each other all afternoon," retorted Paddy Lowe, the Mercedes technical boss, as the team gave the conspiracy theorists short shrift.

Not that the race was short of controversy or wh eel-to-wheel action with Magnussen harshly penalised for, in the view of the stewards, forcing Bottas off the track as the Finn surged through the field, and former McLaren team-mates Sergio Perez and Jenson Button repeatedly exploring the outer limits of the circuit as they squabbled over the dregs of the top ten. "It was great racing, I enjoyed it and it was a lot of fun," said Button afterwards. "I've got a lot of respect for him."Respect must be the least of World Champion Sebastian Vettel's opinion of Daniel Ricciardo after the young Australian once again enjoyed his measure, plunging past Button and Perez before sweeping around his illustrious Red Bull team-mate for fifth place with less than ten laps remaining.

By that stage, Hamilton's victory was all but secured. In a race that lasted less than an hour and twenty minutes, he did it the hard way. Who knows, the same might well be said in three months' time in a review of the World Championship itself.



Qualification - Italian Grand Prix, Monza, September 6th 2014

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:24.109
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team+0.274s
3Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+0.588s
4Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+0.756s
5Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+1.205s
6Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+1.270s
7Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+1.321s
8Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+1.327s
9Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+1.600s
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+1.835s
11Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+1.961s
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+2.001s
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+2.048s
14Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+2.170s
15Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+2.479s
16Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+2.583s
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+3.411s
18Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+3.523s
19Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team+3.562s
20Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team+3.629s
21Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team+4.138s
22Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team+4.453s

Driver Standings

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team384
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team317
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing238
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing186
5Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing167
6Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari161
7Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing134
8Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes126
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team96
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team59
11Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes55
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari55
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso22
14Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team8
15Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso8
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team2
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team2
18Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team0
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team0
20Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team0
21Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team0
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team0
23Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team0
24Will StevensGBRCaterham F1 Team0

Italian Grand Prix, Monza, September 7th 2014

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:19:10.236
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team03.175
3Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing25.026
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing40.786
5Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing50.309
6Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing59.965
7Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+1:02.518
8Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+1:03.063
9Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+1:03.535
10Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+1:06.171
11Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+1:11.184
12Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1:12.606
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+1:13.093
14Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team1 lap(s)
15Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team1 lap(s)
16Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team1 lap(s)
17Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team1 lap(s)
18Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team1 lap(s)
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team2 lap(s)
20Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team2 lap(s)
21Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari25 lap(s)
22Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team48 lap(s)